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It was great having a game at The Wanderers after a few years break.  The tees, the fairways and the greens were all in superb nick and the whole atmosphere was very good all afternoon, through the prizegiving and on into the evening.  Thanks to Brian Bolton for stepping in for The Wanderers Captain and welcoming Nomads back to his Club.

The Forward Tees were very fair on 14 of the holes but on all four short holes they were right alongside the Club tees, I bet none of the Seniors won a closest to the pin, or did they?

Thank you to Bev, Roz, Wilma and Tony for all they do at every monthly game to get the lost lame and lazy through the booking in tables.

Many thanks to our Sponsors, both National and Local for all the wonderful support you give to Gauteng Nomads Golf Club.  I don’t think that the average Nomad realises, just what a Nomads golf game would cost with out our Sponsors.

Congratulations to Ken Jacques who was awarded his 35-year tie.  Ken is the last of the Nomads whom I inducted in my year of Captaincy, he was our Benson & Hedges Sponsor then and when he retired he stayed on to become a Full participating Nomad Member.  Thank you Ken.  On the same evening Roy Bromilow and Robin Gray were awarded their 20-year ties.  Well done to Brian Bolton on receiving his 400 game badge, this was done over a period of 36.67 years at an average of 10.91 games per year.  Brian is actually an Easterns Founder Members and I wonder how many of Easterns remaining Founders have played 400 games!

It would be remiss of me if I didn’t mention how great it was to see Heinz Walter back on the Nomads’ fairways after his terrible mishap almost 3½ years.

How nice that Pat Cornish, an ex Zimbabwe Captain and National Chairman, came and joined us for a drink at our prizegiving.

We hope that the visiting Easterns enjoyed their afternoon with us including Jarrod Williams a prospective Nomad and son of an Easterns Past Captain, Rod Williams.

Thanks to Spero Marinki for stepping at the 11th hour to do a sharp and slick fines session.



Derek Cuthbert    50



Many thanks to Dickie Dixon who provided us with a most enjoyable carvery, for us to celebrate his 90th birthday.  At last Dickie has “broken down” and has played his first Nomads’ game off the Forward Tees; this in itself is a wonderful achievement.  Thank you Dickie.

Unfortunately there are three more Nomads whom we must say goodbye to David Bailey, Jimmy Littlewood and Peter Nieman, enjoy your “retirement” gentlemen.

A little reminder to those of you, who have forgotten to pay your subs., they are now past due.

If at any time you enter for any National Tournament, remember that you must wear an “Away Nationals” shirt; if you don’t have one just speak to Graham Bishop.

The Captain did an unusual “lotto type” thing at prizegiving with a continuous toss of the coin to select next month’s finesmaster from amongst those guys who have never ever done a fines session.  Anton Masterson was left standing, at the end, so please keep your eyes open for any misdemeanours that you see at Houghton and pass them on to Anton.


Congratulations to Easterns who pipped us 21 to 19 at this year’s Captain’s Cup.  I believe that it all went down to the last two matches.


Stephen van der Merwe has now filled in for a gap in the upcoming Gauteng Nationals team and we wish him well at his first National Tournament.




This actually happened in an Underground station in Melbourne.  There were protesters on the Flagstaff station concourse handing out pamphlets on the evils of Australia.

I politely declined to take one.  An elderly woman behind me was getting off the escalator and a young (20-dish) female protester offered her a pamphlet, which she politely declined.

The young protester put her hand on the woman’s shoulder as a gesture of friendship and in a very soft voice said, “Madam, don’t you care about the children of Iraq?”

The elderly woman looked up at her and said, “My dear, my father died in France during World War 2, I lost my husband in Korea and my grandson in Afghanistan.  All three died so you could have the right to stand here and bad mouth our Country.

If you touch me again I’ll stick this umbrella up your backside and trust me, I’ll open it.